Norma A. Reed

THAYER — Norma A. Reed, 79, of Thayer passed away at 4:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at the Parsons Presbyterian Manor.

She was born on Feb. 19, 1941, at Warrensburg, Missouri, to Charles Everett and Della Amy (Graves) Swope. She grew up at Warrensburg, where she attended schools and graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1959.

Norma moved to Parsons and later to Thayer. She worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Nuway Manufacturing, Tolle Manufacturing in Chanute and Neodesha Plastics, from where she retired in 2010.

Norma married Carl Cole on July 18, 1959 at Warrensburg, Missouri. They later divorced, and he preceded her in death.

Norma loved working in her yard, with plants, birdwatching, country music, especially George Strait, traveling with her siblings, and making memories with her family.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Cole, and his wife, Becky, of rural Parsons; her daughter, Carla Rush, and her husband, Steve, of rural Erie; her grandchildren, Justin Cosby and his wife, Rachele, Jesse Stemple, and his wife, Nealy, William “Andy” Rush, Carly Cole and Madison Cole; her great-grandchildren, Chellby Cosby, Jessa Stemple, Caysen Cosby; her brothers, Don Swope of Raytown, Missouri, and Bill Swope and his wife, Patsy, of Warrensburg, Missouri; her sisters, Katie Burasco of Independence, Missouri, and Lou Angle and her husband, Jim, of Dallas, Texas; her sister-in-law, Barbara Swope of Odessa, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kandy Stemple; her granddaughter, Audra Rush; her grandson, Jason Cosby; her great-grandson, Chase Cosby; her brother, Charles “Buck” Swope; and her sisters, Eva Swope and Peggy Wagoner.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Scheck officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Labette Health Auxiliary and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67367.

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